The Oculus Connect 2 event brought some very good news to our senses. Netflix is available in VR from now on. They have made a special app for it. It was launched at the event. The app gives you the feel that you are in a theatre. So this broadens the view. [Read more…]
Sony has made a change in name for their VR headset. Project Morpheus is now named PlayStation VR. They have done this before the Tokyo Game Show. The largest game convention in Asia later this month. [Read more…]
Have you ever been able to direct a Youtube video as it was playing? No? Well, now you can. In this video you can look around as if it was a webcam. But it’s not it’s a 360 degrees video shot with the GoPro Odyssey.
GoPro’s Odyssey comprises a rig packed with 16 GoPro Hero Black cameras, capable of capturing footage in stereoscopic 3D, and the film serves as a usual glimpse at the quality the new rig will offer when paired with Google’s Jump assembler pipeline, announced at Google’s I/O conference back in May. The combination of hardware and software is reportedly capable of producing stereoscopic (over-under) footage up to 8k x 8k (600 Mbit/s bitrate), which should ensure fidelity is up to the challenges posed by 360 filming.
About the video
Featuring footage captured in 360 degrees using GoPro’s recently new Odyssey VR camera, set to leverage the stitching pipeline of Google’s ‘Jump’ video assembler, this new short film shows the breathtaking possibilities of cinematic VR as a medium.
Set around New York city, the film puts you at and in various landmarks throughout the area. The film is directed by New York born and bred photographer Neil Britto and takes you on an immersive journey exploring his favourite sights throughout the city. From stunning cityscape vistas to more intimate landmark scenes, the film demonstrates what a difference being surrounded by such scenes makes to a films power to engage the viewer.
Although the Odyssey is capable of capturing stereoscopic spherical video, YouTube only supports monoscopic spherical footage for the time being, so the video above is not 3D.
Oculus Touch is a pair of wireless controllers, one for each of your hands. Kind of like a Nintendo Wii Remote and its companion Nunchuk—except here, each controller is a mirror image of the other, and there’s no tether between them. They’re way the heck more accurate at detecting your movements, too. The Oculus Rift can tell exactly where they are in 3D space because they’re covered with little infrared LEDs that get picked up by the same infrared camera which tracks the Rift headset. [Read more…]
Kellogg’s? KELLOGG’S? The brand that brought us cereal with iron by just grinding iron into their cardboard boxes. Yes that exact same Kellogg’s is now doing osmething really cool. The cheapest way to get VR by far is to fold your own cardboard viewer. Kellogg’s just designed one into their boxes. You can now have breakfast and get a VR viewer for your phone. [Read more…]
Virtual reality is no doubt an exciting technology, but it’s not without its skeptics. The doubters are right about some things, Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey says. The 22-year-old admits that the technology, as it exists today, is nothing more than a “pretty expensive, relatively primitive proof of concept.” But he’s sure that the promise of total immersion will one day be realized, perhaps without a clunky headset, too. [Read more…]